Texas appeals FEMA denial of over $100M in Imelda assistance

  
Via:  larry-hampton  •  3 weeks ago  •  8 comments

Texas appeals FEMA denial of over $100M in Imelda assistance
The state of Texas is appealing a denial of more than $100 million in federal disaster funding for public facilities and other infrastructure damaged by Tropical Storm Imelda.

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Republican Gov. Greg Abbott initially requested a presidential disaster declaration for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a half-dozen East Texas counties — including Harris, Montgomery and Jefferson counties — in October 2019 following widespread damage and severe flooding from the storm. That request was approved in October. Texas homeowners and renters have received more than $68 million through that program.


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Larry Hampton
1  seeder  Larry Hampton    3 weeks ago

Texas wants money from FEMA?

What are they, a bunch of Socialists lol!?

 
 
 
Greg Jones
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Larry Hampton @1    3 weeks ago

Where's the rest of the story?

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
1.1.1  seeder  Larry Hampton  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    3 weeks ago

I'll let ya in on a little blogging secret: If you "click" on the "seeded content" button up above, ya can read the entire article!

Wow; who would thunk it?!

 
 
 
Split Personality
1.1.2  Split Personality  replied to  Larry Hampton @1.1.1    3 weeks ago

FEMA also denied Texas claims in 2013

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/us/fema-denies-texas-request-for-full-disaster-aid-rankling-stricken-town.html

Two schools of thought

“These are taxpayer dollars that have been appropriated by Congress for the specific purpose of disaster relief, and I am not aware that a state being fiscally responsible is a condition for denial in the Stafford Act,”

versus

“The State of Texas is not a poor state. They have significant revenues. The philosophy is that federal money should only be used as a last resort where there really is no reasonable alternative.”
 
 
 
gooseisgone
1.2  gooseisgone  replied to  Larry Hampton @1    3 weeks ago
FEMA said that it was missing insurance information and made additional reductions because the agency had recently paid for disaster-related issues. District officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The FEMA funding in dispute is only a portion of assistance the federal government has offered for recovery. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in December announced it had allocated $212 million to Texas to repair homes and businesses damaged by Imelda.
Texans have also been approved for over $76 million in Small Business Association loans, and over $716 million has been paid on claims to the National Flood Insurance Program.

Looks like some counties were trying to double dip.

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.2.1  Texan1211  replied to  gooseisgone @1.2    3 weeks ago

Glad they caught this.

No sense in the government in over-paying.

Won't really change anyone's vote, I think.

 
 
 
Split Personality
1.2.2  Split Personality  replied to  gooseisgone @1.2    3 weeks ago
The Honorable Peter Gaynor
Administrator
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street, SW, 8th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20472

Dear Administrator Gaynor,

On February 14, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied Texas' request for Public Assistance to be added to the current major disaster declaration approved by President Trump for Tropical Storm Imelda on October 4, 2019. We write to urge FEMA to swiftly approve the state's appeal of the denial.

FEMA, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), and the affected local jurisdictions conducted joint preliminary damage assessments (PDAs) to determine the extent of infrastructure damage produced by the storm. Many communities throughout Texas incurred significant disaster response and recovery costs responding to the storm. FEMA certified these costs at approximately $18 million, far short of the $125 million in costs identified by local jurisdictions.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has issued over $716.5 million for Imelda claims. Over $68.5 million in FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) has been paid with over $76.6 million in loans approved through the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance program. With over $860 million approved for individuals in Texas, the $18 million in public infrastructure damages certified by FEMA is inordinately low. This is only 2.1 percent of the combined costs for NFIP, IA, and SBA. Proportionately for Hurricane Harvey, PA is estimated to be 35 percent of the combined NFIP, IA, and SBA costs. We understand FEMA claims much of the locally identified $125 million in damages is negated through "obtain and maintain" requirements through NFIP. However, repeated requests for data to identify what public infrastructure is covered by NFIP's "obtain and maintain" requirements have gone unanswered. Meanwhile, the areas hard hit by Imelda, all declared in Hurricane Harvey as well, have been waiting five months for recovery assistance. We urge you to provide this data immediately.

Federal assistance is critically needed to help Texans repair public facilities and infrastructure damaged or destroyed by Imelda. We respectfully request your timely approval of the state's appeal. Thank you in advance for your prompt consideration.

Sincerely,

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Reps. John Carter (TX-31), Lance Gooden (TX-5), Pete Olson (TX-22), Ron Wright (TX-6), Michael McCaul (TX-10), Brian Babin (TX-36), Jodey Arrington (TX-19), Kay Granger (TX-12), Louie Gohmert (TX-1), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Bill Flores (TX-17), Michael Burgess (R-Texas), Roger Williams (TX-25), Kevin Brady (TX-8). Will Hurd (TX-23), Vicente Gonzalez Jr. (TX-15), Michael Cloud (TX-27), Mac Thornberry (TX-13), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Van Taylor (TX-3) Mike Conaway (TX-11), Marc Veasey (TX-33), Kenny Marchant (TX-24), Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7), Dan Crenshaw (TX-20), Eddie Johnson (TX-30), Filemon Vela (TX-34), Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Al Green (TX-9), and Colin Allred (TX-32)
 
 
 
Split Personality
2  Split Personality    3 weeks ago

Going to piss off a lot of Texas voters if this stands.

On the other hand Trump will probably override it with an EO ...

 
 
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